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Considering an Implant to Improve Your Quality of Life? Here’s What You Can Expect

If you are missing one or more teeth, it can be challenging to feel good about yourself. But dental implants in Glendale are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement that can restore your appearance, confidence, and oral health. 

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Quality of Life

Your Diet

When one or more teeth are missing, surrounding teeth often hurt because of the increased strain placed on them. Eating foods like fruits and vegetables can be uncomfortable, so you may default to softer foods that are easier to chew but not as nutritious.

Your Self-Confidence

The spaces left by missing teeth are hard to hide, especially if they’re near the front of your mouth. So, the appearance of ...

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Why Porcelain Veneers are a Great Cosmetic Option

Are you ready to take your smile to the next level but aren’t sure where to start? It’s great that you have so many options in cosmetic dentistry, but choosing which is best for you can be challenging.

Many people who want a better smile have found the solution in porcelain veneers. Veneers are a popular treatment because they conceal a wide array of dental imperfections and leave you with a beautiful smile.

What Problems do Veneers Fix?

A veneer is a thin tooth-shaped shell of porcelain that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. Since a veneer forms a new tooth surface, your dentist can use them to design a ...

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3 Signs That Mean It's Time to Call an Emergency Dentist Now

Man with Tooth Pain | Lucio H. Kim DDS

There’s no question that a dental emergency can turn your life upside down. It can seem that one moment everything’s going along fine, then suddenly that little twinge you’ve been feeling turns into a full-blown toothache.

If this has happened to you, you know that your first and only priority was to get relief from the pain and the worry that there’s a problem with your oral health. No one needs to tell you to call the dentist when you’re in heart-stopping pain, but what about other emergencies?

Tooth Pain of Any Kind

Whether it’s a twinge, a tingle, or a throb, you need to see your emergency dentist for treatment right away. ...

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Is a Missing Tooth Making You Self-Conscious? Restore Your Smile with a Dental Bridge!

Dental Bridge | Lucio H. Kim DDS

Do you have a noticeable gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth? If the tooth loss is recent, you may be surprised at how many ways it affects your comfort and confidence. If it’s not recent, you have probably found many clever ways to conceal your smile and shift food in your mouth so you can chew comfortably.

But there’s no reason to let your quality of life suffer because of a missing tooth; today we have custom replacement options that restore your appearance, comfort, and confidence. One that has stood the test of time is a dental bridge that fills the gap and leaves you with a confident, ...

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How to Find the Right Adult Orthodontic Option for You

Power Prox Six Month Braces | Lucio H. Kim DDS

Are you an adult who’s self-conscious about your crooked or crowded teeth? Do you wish there was an easier solution than years of metal orthodontics?

Fortunately, today you have numerous options that are explicitly designed with the adult lifestyle in mind. Treatment with adult orthodontics is typically more convenient, requires less maintenance, and delivers faster results than bracket and wire braces.

In fact, you have so many options that it can be confusing to decide which is best for your needs. Here are a couple of innovative treatments that you may want to consider:

Inman Aligners

Treatment with Inman Aligners involves using a removable orthodontic alignment system that fits over your teeth. The inner ...

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The Unique Whitening Process of KöR

Teeth Whitening | Lucio H. Kim DDs

Your smile is usually the first thing that people notice about you, and when you feel good about the way you look, it shows. Very few of us were born with perfectly beautiful teeth, so there may be things about your smile that bother you and that you would like to change.

Revive Your Smile with Teeth Whitening

Nothing can detract from your appearance like stained, discolored teeth. That is why professional teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment dentists offer. It is a quick and affordable solution that can dramatically refresh your smile.

Today, there are a wide variety of teeth whitening products available, but we choose KöR Whitening because it ...

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Teeth Looking Longer? It Might Be Gum Recession

Man Have Teeth Examined | Lucio H. Kim DDs

Do your teeth look longer than they used to? Do you notice sensitivity of your tooth roots?

Both are common effects of gum recession. Many cases of gum recession are related to poor periodontal health, but other reasons include genetics, brushing too hard, misaligned teeth, and even lip piercings.

What is Gum Recession?

Healthy gum tissue (gingiva) is bright pink in color and surrounds a tooth at the base of the crown to hold it firmly in place. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, leading to an increased risk for periodontal infection.

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and can typically be eliminated with thorough professional cleanings, improved oral ...

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